What does it mean to be an author in the age of distributed experiments?

Recently at a “campus conversation” about how our strong but not necessarily elite Midwestern US university could improve our international profile, the administrator in charge presented a map of countries colored by their status in terms of ongoing collaborations with local researchers. Countries in red: the stable, ongoing partnerships you might expect (US/Canada, Brazil, EU countries, China, Australia). Yellow countries: rising in opportunity (South America, South Africa, SE Asia). And then, a somewhat strange category: “CERN countries” in blue. —> Read More